Shaping Health, Advancing Nursing
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ACN will be a force to be reckoned with, known for our strengths in advocacy, respected for our influence and our political savviness, appreciated for our responsiveness to members and to broader industry issues, and found at the fore in the health and aged care debate.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN
Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer

We support our members to be the best they can be by keeping them informed, connected and inspired.

We are committed to our intent of ‘Shaping Health, Advancing Nursing’ to enhance health care and strongly believe that all nurses, regardless of their job title or level of seniority, can be leaders.

By bringing together thousands of extraordinary nurses from across the country, we build a strong collective voice for nursing and command the respect and recognition our profession deserves.

  • ACN advocates on behalf of the nursing profession
    As a professional nursing organisation, we advocate at state and federal levels with Ministers and Health Departments and provide valuable insight and recommendations from a nursing perspective. ACN is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and advocates for the profession at both a national and international level.
  • The expertise of ACN’s members helps to shape health care and aged care policies
    We provide a collective voice for the nursing profession by utilising our members’ experience and knowledge to provide input into health and aged care debate and policy. We provide opportunities for our members to shape our position statements about important aspects of nursing, aged care and health care delivery to all Australians.
  • ACN nurtures the nurse leaders of today and tomorrow
    We are committed to encouraging, educating and supporting nurses, so they can develop and grow their skills, confidently take a leadership role in health care or aged care and provide the essential professional, economic and clinical perspectives that can shape care models. We are an information hub for our members and offer them a number of convenient and valuable tools including career development, leadership skills development, networking and library services.
  • ACN is an accredited Institute of Higher Education for qualified nurses
    As an educational organisation, our postgraduate, continuing professional development (CPD) and training courses are renowned for equipping nurses with further knowledge of their chosen specialty and extending their clinical skills. We specialise in nurse leadership education, courses and workshops. ACN also develops customised education courses to meet organisational training needs.